CAD Tutorials

  • Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

    Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

    Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs! Research […]Read More »
  • Advanced CAD Modeling & Mfg Math Activity

    Advanced CAD Modeling & Mfg Math Activity

    Worksheet with DimensionsElectronic Hand-in Document In this activity, students can download the worksheet with the dimensions and directions, and use them to build the METRIC models in your favorite 3D modeling software. When they have built all the METRIC parts in 3D Modeling software, they can download the electronic hand in document, paste snips into […]Read More »
  • Basic Part Creation Using Autodesk Fusion 360

    Basic Part Creation Using Autodesk Fusion 360

    Download the Worksheet Download Hand-In Student Notes: Download the Worksheet, dimension the parts using the given scale, then make them in your 3D modeling software! Here is a project to help you and your students get acquainted with Autodesk Fusion 360. There are eleven parts to make, and they are all pretty simple. There are […]Read More »
  • CNC Container Process 2018

    CNC Container Process 2018

    Question: I don’t understand how to make the CNC container project… can you elaborate? Solution: There are lots of ways to do it, and a search of this site will give you many, but the steps outlined below is the easiest way to get started. want this is a PDF? Click HERE.Read More »
  • Model Train Tutorials

    Model Train Tutorials

    So you’re having a hard time making all those train parts? Watch the tutorials below to see how Jim does them. I find some of the methods he uses makes it easier to understand, especially with the cow catcher. He also uses different techniques, so you may actually end up learning something. Thanks Jim!Read More »
  • How Do You Split Your Container In Inventor?

    How Do You Split Your Container In Inventor?

    How do you split your container so your customer can get a better idea of what it looks like without the boss?Read More »
  • How do I Assemble The Container In Inventor?

    How do I Assemble The Container In Inventor?

    How do you assemble your container so that you can tell if the lip and the lid fit, or so your customer will know what it looks like without the boss?Read More »
  • Does My Container Fit The Constraints? Try a Section View!

    Does My Container Fit The Constraints? Try a Section View!

    How can you tell if your students followed all of the constraints you gave them? Make them do a quick section view like this one to show you.Read More »
  • How do you make flutes on your container?

    How do you make flutes on your container?

    Question: How do you make flutes on your container? They are always so fancy…. Answer: Well, it’s easier than it looks. It’s all laid out here in this four minute video using Inventor.Read More »
  • Designing a Container in Inventor 2016

    Designing a Container in Inventor 2016

    Question: How do I design a container in Inventor 2016? Answer: Many many ways to do it, but here’s an easy method I use in my classroom. Download the Constraints WS here: 2016-container-design-constraints-wsRead More »
  • How do I use Inventor to make The Flange?

    How do I use Inventor to make The Flange?

    Question: How do I use Inventor to make The Flange? Answer: See the video below for one way to do it. It walks you through all the steps from hole cycles to profiles, to roughing operations. The video below does not have any sound track.Read More »
  • HOW DO I MAKE THE PARTS FOR THE MASS PROPERTY ANALYSIS ACTIVITY?

    HOW DO I MAKE THE PARTS FOR THE MASS PROPERTY ANALYSIS ACTIVITY?

    Question: How do I make the parts for the Mass Property Analysis activity? Solution: There are many ways to do this, and thanks to Jim, there a four video tutorials to walk you through them step by step from a solid piece of material in Inventor subtracted down to a finished part. Click on the […]Read More »
  • Making a Container in Inventor

    Making a Container in Inventor

    Step by step, how do you make a container in Inventor? These four videos show you how! Be sure to download the PDF “Cheat Sheets” that go with them. Just click on the link below and a zip file with the four pdfs will be downloaded! Inventor Container Cheat Sheets Video 0 Making the Base […]Read More »
  • IED Train Tutorials

    IED Train Tutorials

    So you want to know how to make the train parts from Introduction to Engineering Design class? I don’t blame you…. they are a great first step in Inventor to teach the basics of Inventor. One of my favorite IED teachers of all time, Jason Hyatt from Cazenovia HS, has put these together for us. […]Read More »
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014 : Basic Tools

    Autodesk Inventor 2014 : Basic Tools

    Autodesk Inventor is a CAD/CAM package that is used in industry to design, model, and then manufacture all kinds of parts. We use this in all PLTW Engineering courses, and we have put together some of the basic tutorials for you all in this one page. This tutorial uses Inventor 2014; remember: PLTW recommends that […]Read More »
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014 : Drawings and Beyond

    Autodesk Inventor 2014 : Drawings and Beyond

    Ok, now you have some parts, how do you do the documentation? Like drawings, bill of materials, and balloons, among other things? See the videos below for some examples in Inventor 2014. Video 0 Orthographic Projections Video 1 Section Views Video 2 Detail Views Video 3 Auxiliary Views Video 4 Simple Presentations Video 5 Adding […]Read More »

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